Gratz Vella Has You’re Kidding Me Peaking For Randwick

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella has You’re Kidding Me at peak for Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap CL3 (1000m) at Randwick.

You’re Kidding Me resumed with a solid CL3 Highway third at Randwick on the slow with Tommy Berry up — and then placed again on the good in a Hawkesbury BM60 with Kathy O’Hara aboard.

“Third-up You’re Kidding Me always puts his best foot forward third-up,” says Vella. “I was happy with the Hawkesbury run and he’s gone forward since then.”

Fell Swoop - Matt Dale Opts For Manikato Stakes

 Star Canberra galloper Fell Swoop will take on the best when she lines up in Saturday’s 2016 Manikato Stakes Group 1 (1200m) at Mooney Valley.

Fell Swoop ($16) will meet the likes of champion sprinter Chautauqua ($2.25) and Golden Slipper winner Captalist ($6.0) who head the early markets.

Fell Swoop resumed with a credible third in the 2016 Schillaci Stakes Group 2 at Caulfield on 8 October ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Just A Blur Ready For Randwick – Paul Jones

One of Canberra’s leading mares — Just A Blur — returns to racing at Randwick on Saturday.

The winner of last season’s Goulburn Cup and Wagga Town Plate, Just A Blur is trained by  the Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones partnership — and Jones says the 6yr old will come back to racing better than ever.

Just A Blur resumes in the $150,000 City Tattersalls Club Nivison Group 3 over 1200m and has had two unofficial jump-outs in preparation.

Matt Dale Ponders Fell Swoop’s Next Assignment

Leading Canberra trainer Matt Dale will decide later in the week when his stable star Fell Swoop next faces the starter.

Fell Swoop ran third in a strong Schillaci Stakes (1100 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday, after being wide the journey.

Dale says the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday week, or the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) the following week are likely next options if all goes to plan.

The Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington has been earmarked as the gelding’s final Spring run.

Trainer Nick Olive Brings Strong Chances To Tony Campbell Cup Day

 Group 1-winning Canberra trainer Nick Olive expects bold runs from his stable representatives Bring A Secret and Nat King Cu in Friday’s Tony Campbell Memorial Cup (Race 6) in the capital.

Olive believes the well-performed Bring A Secret will run a much improved race.

“I though his run in Canberra last time was massive. He’s drawn a nice gate and I think he will jump and put himself there.

Fell Swoop Heads Matt Dale’s Weekend Charge

 Canberra trainer Matt Dale has a busy weekend with runners in Canberra, Melbourne and possibly Sydney, headed by stable-star Fell Swoop.

Fell Swoop will fly the stable flag when he competes in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

“I am very happy with him. He’ll go down Thursday night arriving Melbourne on Friday morning,” Dale says.

“He’s had a nice balanced preparation and everything has gone according to plan.

Weather Gods To Smile On Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day

 Fine weather and 23 degrees are forecast for Friday’s much anticipated Student’s Race Day and Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park.

The day celebrates the life of the much loved Tony Campbell who was associated with the Canberra race club for 29 years before losing his battle with cancer in 2006.

Tony performed a range of roles from Nomination Clerk to Master of Ceremonies, but was best known as the voice of Canberra racing — calling the Capital’s racing for 26 years.

Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop Sharp In Rosehill Trial

Canberra-trained star Fell Swoop has impressed in an Open trial at Rosehill this morning (Tuesday).

It was Fell Swoop’s second barrier trial as he prepares for his spring campaign in Melbourne.

Trainer Matthew Dale has the classy five-year-old sprinter set to resume in the G2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8.

Fell Swoop was rested after a long campaign last season that saw him race in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from February through to May.

Joseph Jones Annual Race Day

 The Joseph-Jones stable has eight horses nominated for its feature race day at Canberra on Friday.

The Joseph & Jones Racing Annual race day draws hundred’s of stable owners and supporters to a luncheon and an afternoon of racing and festivities in the  Thoroughbred Park Function & Convention Centre

Barbara Joseph has been training since 1975 and has been a flag bearer for women in racing.

Joseph & Jones Annual Race Day

The annual Joseph & Jones Racing Race Day returns this Friday with a full house in the Silks function room for the annual event. 

The day is facilitated by Joseph & Jones Racing as a thank you to their owners, who travel from as far as Tasmania and Queensland to attend the luncheon.

The training partnership will start 7 horses on Friday with stable favourite Bank on Henry making a return after a spell, the gelding will be aimed at the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup on 7 October along with Chasing Charlie.

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